“But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭3:16-18‬

 Restoration is a process that is not complete until Jesus returns (Phil. 1:6). It is our Dad’s way of teaching us how to live as His sons and daughters. While making us whole and holy. However, the inevitable challenges and length of the roads to restoration are difficult to step into and embrace.

Due to the intensity of our heavenly Father’s restoration process, we attempt to bring about change in our own way. Our approach to “what needs to change” in our lives often looks like a task list, self-help books, podcasts, or simply “wishing things would change,” while doing nothing. We want to control the pain, effort, and process in the most efficient and pain-free way possible. We rarely look at change from the standpoint of how our Heavenly Dad desires to transform us through intimacy with Him.  

The truth is - Restoration is like the wilderness on our journey. We are led to it. We don’t control it or know each step of the way. It is hard and will require something significant from us. Restoration is the process of deconstructing the person and life we have created and allow our good Dad to reconstruct what He created us to be. (James 1:2-4). We are led into the Wilderness as Jesus was (Luke 2) and this is a key truth. This is the work of our Dad in us and not us working on ourselves. He drives the process and knows the way through and out of the wilderness. Our role is to be willing to intently listen to Him and courageously follow Him. As we allow our heavenly father to perfectly restore us, He gives us the “life to the full” everyone is created for and yearns for every second of our lives!  

- Where do you think your Dad is working in your life?
- Have you taken on the role of restoring or changing yourself? Why?  
- What would it look like to hand over the process of restoration fully to Him? (be specific)
- Go do it!





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